On This Day

What Happened in May 1846

Historical Events

  • May 1 Ida Pfeiffer (48) begins trip around world
  • May 3 Mexican Army begins the Siege of Fort Texas near Brownsville, Texas, during the Mexican-American War
  • May 4 US state Michigan ends death penalty

Book releaseHistoric Publication

May 7 First printed copies of "Poems" by Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë received, published under pseudonym of Acton, Currer and Ellis Bell (2 copies sold)

  • May 8 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, Texas
  • May 9 Battle of Resaca de la Palma-US sends Mexico back to Rio Grande
  • May 13 US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins
  • May 18 US troops attack Rio Grande occupying Matamoros
  • May 21 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

May 24 General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War

12th US President Zachary Taylor
12th US President
Zachary Taylor

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Zygmunt Noskowski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1909)
  • May 5 Federico Chueca, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1908)
  • May 5 Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author (Quo Vadis, Nobel 1905), born in Wola Okrzejska, Poland (d. 1916)
  • May 8 Oscar Hammerstein, German opera and playwright (Kohinoor), born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1919)
  • May 9 Nicolai Soloviev, Russian music critic and composer, born in Petrozavodsk, Russia (d. 1916)
  • May 14 Arnold Kerdijk, Dutch lib politician/founder (Social Weekly newspaper)
  • May 14 Pieter W A Cort van de Linden, Dutch premier (1913-18)
  • May 17 Edmund Bishop, English Roman Catholic historian and Secretary of Thomas Carlyle, born in Totnes, England (d. 1917)
  • May 22 Oliver Perry Hay, American paleontologist, born in Saluda, Indiana (d. 1930)
  • May 25 Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria, born in Buckingham Palace, London (d. 1923)
  • May 25 Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet and writer, born in Frashër, Janina Vilayet, Ottoman Empire(d. 1900)
  • May 26 Arthur Coquard, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • May 29 Albert Apponyi, Hungarian politician (Minister of Religion and Education of Hungary), born in Vienna, Austrian Empire (d. 1933)
  • May 30 Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian goldsmith and jeweler (famous for Fabergé eggs), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1920)

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Giacomo Cordella, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • May 23 Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki, Polish politician (b. 1778)
  • May 31 Philip Marheineke, German clergyman (b. 1780)